Nancy Houfek

Nancy HoufekNancy Houfek, www.nancyhoufek.com, brings over thirty five years of working with performers and public speakers to her consulting and coaching. A stage director, award-winning actor, and nationally recognized theater educator, Nancy presents workshops combining theater, negotiation and leadership techniques for corporations, think tanks, universities, and professional organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. At Harvard, where she was Head of Voice & Speech for Harvard’s Tony Award winning American Repertory Theater from 1997- 2014, Nancy teaches in programs at the Kennedy School of Government, the School of Public Health, the Medical School, the Radcliffe Fellows, and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Act of Teaching, a film of her work with Harvard faculty produced by the Bok Center, has been distributed to faculty development centers nationwide.

Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has also held faculty or guest positions at the University of Washington, the Drama Studio of London, Southern Methodist University and the University of Minnesota. Nancy received seven consecutive awards for excellence in teaching from Harvard University. Nancy’s performance career spanned several decades in theaters from New York to California. Publications include articles in Voice & Speech Training in the New Millennium: Conversations with Master Teachers by Nancy Saklad, The New England Theater Journal, The Voice & Speech Review, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout and the VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer's Association) News.